Best Diet: Low Fat or Low Carb?

Kim Conte
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Would-be dieters, choose your method of torture: You can go the low carb route, cutting out things like pasta, bread, and alcohol while consuming unlimited amounts of meat, cheese, and butter. Another option? Follow a low fat diet, which allows you to eat foods in all four food groups while reducing your intake of fatty foods.

Both diets (combined with exercise) may help you to lose weight. But a new study suggests that one may be more effective than the other in terms of keeping it off down the road...

New research shows that people on low carb diets lose more weight initially, but people on low fat diets were more likely to maintain their weight loss in the long run.

The study followed 132 obese people—some of whom started a low fat diet; the others started a low carb diet—and compared their weight loss results after six months, one year, and three years.

After six months and one year on the diets, the group on the low-carb diet experienced the greatest weight loss. However, three years after the study began (and two years after the diets ended), people in the low-carb diet group weighed an average of 4.9 pounds less than before they started dieting while those in the low-fat diet group weighed an average of 9.5 pounds less than they did at the start of the study.

In other words, the low carb dieters lost more weight during the first 6-12 months, but then tended to regain more weight than the low fat dieters by 36 months.

This just proves what I've always suspected: A diet that allows bacon is not as effective as a diet that does not.

Have you ever done a low carb diet or low fat diet or both? What kind of results did you see?

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